The future of the Blackwater Estuary should concern everyone. Any despoiling of this unique facility will take away the opportunity for its enjoyment for many generations to come. This does not apply just to “the waterfolk”, but to all who enjoy outdoor pursuits and activities around the Estuary, such as local residents, fishermen, birdwatchers, ramblers and walkers, wildfowlers and for those who just like the “open and peaceful space of the Estuary”. If we are not vigilant, the Estuary, as we like it, could be irretrievably ruined for the future. The intention is to attract recreational and commercial users of the estuary and its surroundings to join a PEACEFUL VIGIL at Bradwell in protest against the development of a proposed new nuclear power station (possibly more than one) and the associated high level radioactive waste dump.
Earth First 30th July 2009 more >>
FIFTEEN nuclear workers have lost their jobs after a major contract at Sellafield ended. Studsvik UK has completed its work on the decommissioning of the site’s original reprocessing plant, B204.
NW Evening Mail 31st July 2009 more >>
The Nuclear Skills Academy is looking for nominations in the categories of Nuclear Apprentice of the Year and Most Promising Foundation Degree Student of the Year.
Business Gazette 31st July 2009 more >>
Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) requires industrial power TVO to produce a further report on the Olkiluoto 3 reactor’s internal steel plate gasket welding supervision and inspection.
STUK Press Release 31st July 2009 (only in Finnish at present) more >>
Late this year, Australia’s ruling Labor party is to unveil a new set of policies to guide the country’s energy development up to 2030 in the context of climate change. Currently nuclear power is prohibited and uranium exports are promoted as an environmental good for other countries, but the consultation seeks to avoid addressing this dischord by stating in the terms of reference that it will cover only fossil and renewable energy resources.
World Nuclear News 31st July 2009 more >>
Seven German nuclear plants have failed to generate any electricity this month due to technical breakdowns. They have about half the production capacity of Germany’s 17 nuclear reactors, but Germany did not suffer any power shortages. The plants have between them a 9,000 megawatt (MW) capacity, but Germany generates more electricity than it consumes, and has been exporting some of the surplus to France, which is heavily dependent on nuclear power.
IPS 31st July 2009 more >>
To achieve a 34 percent reduction from 1990 emissions by 2022 while maintaining modest economic growth would require that the U.K. decarbonize its economy to the level of France by about 2016. In more concrete terms, Britain would have to achieve the equivalent of deploying about 30 new nuclear power plants in the next six years, just to get part way to its target. One does not need a degree in nuclear physics to conclude that is just not going to happen.
Guardian 31st July 2009 more >>
How would you imagine an environmentalist would react when presented with the following proposition? A power company plans to build a new development on a stretch of wild moorland. It will be nearly seven miles long, and consist of 150 structures, each made of steel and mounted on hundreds of tons of concrete. They will be almost 500 feet high, and will be accompanied by 73 miles of road. The development will require the quarrying of 1.5m cubic metres of rock and the cutting out and dumping of up to a million cubic metres of peat.
Guardian 1st August 2009 more >>
Friends of the Earth is part of a coalition of 60 organisations trying to find ways forward in the run-up to new guidance on climate and planning to be published by the government this autumn. We are pushing for the proposals to include obligatory renewable-energy targets for local authorities, and a requirement for them to positively allocate potential sites in their areas. There should also be an emphasis on community-led developments so local people can share in the financial benefits of green power; and a new technical advice body to settle arguments about renewable energy capacity and environmental constraints.
Guardian 1st August 2009 more >>
The future is looking greener for investors as ambitious government targets for generating renewable energy are providing fund managers with new opportunities. More than 30 per cent of the UKs electricity could eventually be derived from renewable sources, according to the latest estimates,
compared with just 5.5 per cent today.
FT 1st Aug 2009 more >>
THE conclusions of a recent report, “Power of Scotland Renewed”, which predicts Scotland could more than meet its electricity demands from renewable sources by 2020 and become a net exporter of renewable energy, must be welcome news to the Scottish Government. We are, indeed, a nation that has struck gold in nature’s lottery in terms of delivering renewable energy that embraces both the generation of renewable electricity and heat. North of the Border, the Scottish Government is committed to generating half of electricity from renewables by 2020 and to fully decarbonise electricity by 2030. It is already set to surpass its target of 31 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2011. Achieving this green vision, and ensuring security of supply, will require the overcoming of a number of challenges. Access to an upgraded grid by renewable energy providers, at a charge that is not punitive, is an essential step.
Scotsman 1st August 2009 more >>